White Bear Lake Area Schools Bond Referendum Passes

Voters in the White Bear Lake Area School District approved a $326 million building bond request to address building needs across the district by a margin of 57.4% yes to 42.6% no (unofficial results: 8,536 yes votes, 6,336 no votes).

Election Results

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Building Bond 2019 Referendum Information

On November 5, White Bear Lake Area School District residents will vote whether to provide funding for building needs across the district. If approved, the bond funding would provide space for our growing enrollment, improve school safety and security, address deferred maintenance needs and update classrooms for more flexible learning spaces. 

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2019 Bond Referendum:

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12 Facts Every Voter Should Know

Bond Referendum Public Meeting Presentation

Bond Referendum Public Meetings

Materials shared at the Bond Referendum Public Meetings that took place on Sept. 24, Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 can be found below:

Frequently Asked Questions


Bond Referendum News

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District leaders took part in a groundbreaking ceremony at Otter Lake Elementary to celebrate additions happening at the school. The project is part of the district-wide comprehensive facilities plan which was made possible through the community’s support of the 2019 bond referendum.

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The district’s most recent 4-year graduation rate, released by MDE this week, tops the state’s graduation rate by almost eight percentage points, and WBLAHS - South Campus is in the top tier of high schools in the entire metro area.

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At the March 28, 2022 School Board Work Session, the White Bear Lake Area School Board unanimously approved a Resolution Supporting Commitment to Equity and Inclusion.

Voting information 

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 5, 2019.

Polling Place Finder

Find Polling Place locations by precinct here.

See a Sample Ballot below.

Sample Ballot

Early Voting

Early voting begins in each of our district's three counties (Ramsey, Washington and Anoka) on September 20, 2019. Find details about Early Voting by county here.

Find absentee ballot applications by county below:


Tax impact

If voters approve the referendum requests, the average homeowner ($275,000 home) would see a tax increase of about $23 per month.

The Residential Home Calculator link on this Property Tax Information Site from Ehlers, the district’s independent municipal advisor, was available determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question on your 2020 taxes.

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See a detailed tax impact chart with various property values below.

Estimated Tax Impact table

Compared to neighboring school districts’ voter approved school debt taxes, if the bond referendum is approved, we would still be below the average of other area school districts ($275 per year on a $250,000 home compared to an average of $317 for our neighbors).

Voter Approved School Debt Tax Levy Chart

Tax Relief Measures

Various property tax relief measures exist for those below a certain household income threshold. Find Tax Refund Scenario information below.
Tax Refund Scenarios


Bond Referendum Materials


Facilities Planning Process

A comprehensive facilities review and planning process kicked off in the fall of 2018 and continued throughout the  2018-19 school year. Find the process documents here.

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